4 November 1999
Edward William Cooke, R.A. (1811-1880)
The Pier and Bay of St. Ives, Cornwall
signed and dated 'E.W. Cooke 1853' (lower right) and signed with a monogram on the stern of the ship
oil on canvas
35 x 49.7/8 in. (90.2 x 126.7 cm.)
Alderman Sir David Salomons, Bt., M.P. 1853, by whom bought from the artist (294).
Christie's London, 1 February 1978, lot 115.
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Art Journal, 1853, p. 148.
J. Munday, E.W. Cooke 1811-1880, A Man of his Time, 1996, p. 317.
London, Royal Academy, 1853, no. 448
Manchester, City Art Gallery, Exhibition of Art Treasures, 1857.
The critic of the Art Journal, (op. cit.), recorded of this picture: 'It is low water and we are placed on the sand looking into a little nook of a harbour filled with small craft, and as a principal, a schooner with a black hull. The merit of the work consists in studied finish and a broad daylight effect. The composition terminates with immediate objects, and a glimpse of distant sea, all of which are made out in the best manner of the painter'.
The picture was first owned by one of Cooke's principal patrons, Alderman Sir David Salomans, Bt., M.P. for Greenwich, and Lord Mayor of London. Salomans was a neighbour of Cooke's in Kent, and Cooke helped him with several matters of taste, including the design of his garden.
We are grateful to John Munday for his help in the preparation of this and the following catalogue entry.
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